Boise & Garden City

Boise provides cooling respite for homeless families

The city of Boise on Tuesday afternoon opened a temporary cooling station to get homeless families out of the heat during the hottest part of the day.

The center, at the Pioneer Community Center, 500 S. Ash St., has seven computers, books and games, art supplies, a television, a large collection of toys and foosball and air hockey tables for visitors to use.

The center will be open from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at least through Thursday, city spokesman Mike Journee said. It could remain open longer than that, depending on weather conditions.

The forecast calls for temperatures to hit 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday in Boise, according to the National Weather Service. A light cooling trend is predicted for the rest of the week, with highs of 98 on Thursday, 95 on Friday and 91 on Saturday.

The cooling station will be available during severe heat waves throughout the summer.

Word about the station will be shared through community homeless service providers, such as Corpus Christi House, Interfaith Sanctuary and City Lights.

Organizers say donations of diapers, baby wipes, socks, or cash for baby supplies and youth activities would be welcome.

For donations, call Paul Schoenfelder, the city’s recreation coordinator, at (208) 608-7688 or by email at